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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

Recent Mirai-style attacks against home broadband routers have had some effect but the majority of users have failed to act. A survey of 2,000 broadband users found the majority (53 per cent) have not changed the Wi-Fi password and other default settings, potentially opening themselves up to attack. The poll by ISP comparison …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2017
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Mirai variant turns TalkTalk routers into zombie botnet agents

Hundreds of Mirai-infected home routers across the UK are currently acting as DDoS bots. The vast majority (99 per cent) of these 2,398 Mirai-infected devices are TalkTalk routers, according to security researchers at DDoS mitigation firm Imperva Incapsula. “The botnet devices’ geolocation is very uncommon for DDoS botnets …
John Leyden, 8 Dec 2016
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Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers

Hackers have graduated from planting malware on the vulnerable routers supplied to consumers by various ISPs towards stealing Wi-Fi keys. Andrew Tierney, a security researcher at UK consultancy Pen Test Partners, noticed the switch-up in tactics in attacks against its honeypot network over the weekend. Customers of UK ISP …
John Leyden, 6 Dec 2016

Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

Analysis The Mirai botnet has struck again, with hundreds of thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office broadband customers affected. The two ISPs join a growing casualty list from a wave of assaults that have also affected customers at Deutsche Telekom, KCOM and Irish telco Eir over the last two weeks or so. Problems at the Post Office …
John Leyden, 2 Dec 2016
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Origin of the beasties: Mirai botnet missing link revealed as DVR player

Security researchers have discovered a "missing link" in the Mirai botnet that may prompt a rethink in what makes up the zombie network. The release of Mirai's source code in early October revealed that malware scans for telnet before attempting to hack into devices, using a brute-force attack featuring 61 different user/ …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2016
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Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks

At least five Russian banks weathered days-long DDoS attacks this week. A wave of assaults began on Tuesday afternoon and continued over the next two days. Victims include Sberbank and Alfabank, both of which confirmed DDoS attacks on their online services, RT reports. The attacks were powered by compromised IoT devices, …
John Leyden, 11 Nov 2016
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Finns chilling as DDoS knocks out building control system

Residents in two apartment buildings in the Finnish town of Lappeenranta had a chill-out lasting more than a week after a DDoS attack battered unprotected building management systems. The apartments are managed by a company called Valtia. The attack blocked the building management systems' Internet connections, according to …

Mirai IoT botnet blamed for 'smashing Liberia off the internet'

The West African country of Liberia was allegedly flooded offline this week. Early indications are that miscreants blasted the nation's rudimentary net infrastructure using the same method that rendered hundreds of the world's most popular websites inaccessible at the end of October. Once again the Mirai IoT botnet has been …
John Leyden, 4 Nov 2016
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Post-Mirai, HackForums kills off white hat DDoS rental service

The success of the Mirai botnet was apparently a shiver looking for a spine to run up: HackForums has killed off its “server stress test” DDoS-for-hire section. Site admin Jesse LaBrocca posted the decision last Friday (here for registered members of the site), saying “recent events” forced the decision. Brian Krebs quotes …
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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

A GitHub user going by Leo Linsky has forked a repo created by researcher Jerry Gamblin to create an anti-worm "nematode" that could help to patch vulnerable devices used in the massive Mirai distributed denial of service attack. The nematode, a concept detailed by security man Dave Aitel [PDF], would fight back against the …
Darren Pauli, 31 Oct 2016

Researchers expose Mirai vuln that could be used to hack back against botnet

Security researchers have discovered flaws in the Mirai botnet that might be used to mitigate against future attacks from the zombie network. Scott Tenaglia, a researcher at endpoint security firm Invincea, found a weakness in the HTTP flood attack that Mirai is capable of mounting. Specifically a stack buffer overflow …
John Leyden, 28 Oct 2016
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Internet of S**t things claims another scalp: DNS DDoS smashes StarHub

StarHub in Singapore is the latest large network to get hammered with attacks on its DNS infrastructure – apparently by compromised kit owned by its customers. In keeping with an emerging openness about what's sending networks dark, it posted its troubles to Facebook. Yesterday Singapore time, the company said it saw a spike …

Chinese electronics biz recalls webcams at heart of botnet DDoS woes

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai is set to recall swathes of webcams after they were compromised by the Mirai botnet. Mirai exploits the low security standards of internet-connected devices, from routers to webcams, and after enslaving them with malware uses their network connections to launch DDoS attacks, such as …
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Thanks, IoT vendors: your slack attitude will get regulators moving

Last Friday's Mirai botnet attack against Dyn must force everybody's hands – vendors, regulators, and Internet infrastructure operators. It's going to be a while before research gets as far as attribution to an attacker, but in the meantime, there's plenty of culpability to go around. Two things are clear, however: the …
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It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for home routers en masse

Cybercrooks are increasingly targeting routers in consumers’ homes. Fortinet reports that attacks of this type have regularly figured as entries in its daily top 10 IPS (intrusion prevention system) detection list over the last three months since July. The security vendor reckons that home routers have become a favoured target …
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2016
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Huge DDoS attacks are about to get bigger: Mirai bots infect Sierra Wireless gateways

Sierra Wireless cellular modems are being infected by the Mirai botnet malware used to smash systems offline. Mirai commandeers web-connected cameras, sensors and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices using the default factory-set login passwords in their firmware. It has been fingered for unleashing the largest DDoS attack …
Iain Thomson, 14 Oct 2016
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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

Toyota will launch its all-new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on 15 December before introducing it in the UK and other selected European markets in September 2015, with that date dictated by getting a refuelling infrastructure rolled out. Fuel cells, which produce electricity directly as they combine fuel with …
Simon Rockman, 19 Nov 2014

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